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In which I make a very compelling case for Lord of the Rings

I realize that not everyone has seen Lord of the Rings (hereby referred to as LOTR). I mean, I get it. I just assume everyone in MY life has seen it. Maybe not the extended editions, but the original theatrical release at least. It has come to my attention that this is not the case. You can imagine my heartbreak.

In one recent case, I convinced her to try it out. Just watch the first one, I said, and see what you think. She blew through the trilogy in less than a week and adored it. As I knew she would.

In another case, Estelle, whom I hold in the highest esteem as an educated, funny, clever, thoughtful and all around amazing person, told me she had never seen the movies. Well, she didn't so much tell me as much as I was eavesdropping on Twitter but you get what I mean...

So I decided to make my case for all of you out there who haven't watched LOTR. Know that I love these movies more than any other movies. The Two Towers (#2 in the trilogy) is my favorite movie of all time. ALL. TIME. Obviously I will be biased. It's also worth noting that I haven't read the books - yet - but I have read The Hobbit. But that's a nerd post for another time.

Without further ado, here are my 5 reasons why you need to watch LOTR if you haven't already.

Quite simply, you could watch LOTR for the same reason you read good books, watch good TV shows and watch great movies. The journey is one that you want to witness.
At its core, LOTR is about destroying an evil ring. That obviously requires a journey. How that journey is shaped, however, is what makes this an epic experience. They all go about battling evil in their own way because Things Happen, but they battle to save their world drives them on. 

Their journeys allow us to explore Middle Earth. We see to the heart of the evil force behind everything. We see the remote places that refuse to help because they don't want to get involved. We see alliances shift and people fail and people rally together because they believe in the cause and in one another. 

This is for those of you who look down on fantasy or say it just isn't for you. I don't understand you, and I never will, but hear me out at least, okay? Okay.

Cool shit happens. Like CRAZY COOL. Like explosions and massive beasties and incredibly intense battle scenes.
There's also such an emotional depth and richness in Middle Earth and all the inhabitants that your heart can't help but be so completely invested in these characters that you believe in them with all of your heart. The lore and world building is beyond compare.

Because this is a fantasy world, pretty much ANYTHING can happen. This keeps you guessing. This keeps you hoping. This keeps you on the edge of your seat.

I'm sure you've seen some of this cast before. I mean, you're on the internet after all. The full cast provides lots of different perspectives and personalities and stories that deepen and enhance this series. 

Also, Hobbits are effing awesome. Like they are SERIOUSLY the best. They are basically kind little introverts who want to eat and read and be left alone. HELLO THEY ARE OUR PEOPLE.

 Okay so this kinda goes with the last one, but it definitely bears mentioning that the acting in this series is ACE, Y'ALL. I mean yes, it has the fantasy vibe so the phrasing and delivery isn't in common 21st century vernacular.
There is some really well done and HILARIOUS banter between the characters to help balance the super heavy THE WORLD IS GETTING SWALLOWED BY DARKNESS situation.
The whole series so so freaking quoteworthy, it's absurd. I'm at that point in my obsession where I kinda just talk along with it while I watch. This is obviously in part to the great scripting and original book series, but the actors deliver every line in such a way that you are captivated by every single word. 

Not gonna front. These movies will break your heart. They will make you cry tears of sadness, but also tears of happy. Characters will do things that make you so, so proud!
And they will do things that make you want to shake them by their shoulders and pound sense into their head (LOOKING AT YOU, FRODO). 
Also your ovaries can and will burst on multiple occasions. There are many, many sexy dudes (and ladies!) to feast your eyes upon. My personal favorite is Eomer.

Okay, I've made my case. If for some reason you're still on the fence, let me know. Let me convince you. Please. PLEASE. PLEEEEASE. I will never take no for an answer. 
If you say no, this is what will happen. 

OH, and if you read this whole post and you already love LOTR, this one is for you.

If you'd like to add to my case for LOTR, please do so in the comments! 

Lisa is a gamer, crafter, fangirl, mother, wife and unabashed nerd who is pretty ridiculous and it's best you know that up front. When she's not binge watching Netflix or crafting into the wee hours of the night, you can find her spending a lot of her time on Pinterest and Twitter.


  1. This is seriously the best post I have read in my entire life. Long live LOTR!

  2. "Also, Hobbits are effing awesome. Like they are SERIOUSLY the best. They are basically kind little introverts who want to eat and read and be left alone. HELLO THEY ARE OUR PEOPLE."

    Thanks, Lisa! This made my day.

    Last year after my kindergartener (who has not seen any LOTR) finished breakfast one morning he told me he was still hungry.
    "But you just had breakfast," I said.
    "Not my second breakfast," he replied.
    I called him a hobbit, but he didn't get the reference. He will one day, though. I'll make sure of that.

  3. Not going to lie I snorted at reading "Also your ovaries can and will burst on multiple occasions". Too true. I'm a Legolas fan myself-I don't even know why. But yum all around. Brilliant post! Finish the books, I hope you enjoy them!


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